Tally 2018 Now Available

AUGUST 15, 2017

The Tally team is pleased to announce the release of Tally 2018, a new version of the Life Cycle Assessment tool compatible with Autodesk Revit 2018. The update includes improved rebar quantity calculations as well as expanded reference tables with new metric sizes. Additionally, Tally’s report metadata now contains material service life statistics, and its report summary and appendix have been updated to conform with the EN 15978 standards.

Read more about Tally and its other features here, or download the new version here.

Download our Submission Guide for LEED v4

APRIL 28, 2017

Did you know that LEED v4 offers at least three points, and up to five points for reducing environmental impacts of materials and processes across a building’s full life cycle? We created a Submission Guide to help you document and submit for the Building Life Cycle Impact Reduction Credit, Option 4. Within the guide, you will find a credit overview, instructions and templates for earning the credit, and best practices to follow when incorporating Tally into your work.

Download our guide here.

Continuing Education: Promoting Sustainable Design Through Life-Cycle Assessment Applications

APRIL 1, 2017

Tally recently sponsored a continuing education course in Architectural Record magazine called Promoting Sustainable Design Through Life-Cycle Assessment Applications. Written by Robyn M. Feller, this course describes how LCA software, in conjunction with BIM, facilitates high-quality environmentally responsible design.

To take the course and earn credits, click here.

Tally Tips, Tricks and Hacks

DECEMBER 1, 2016

Register for our upcoming webinar short to learn how to get the most out of Tally! Discuss best practices and discover how Tally can be used to quality assure your Revit model.

Learn More and Register

Life Cycle Assessment at the Speed of Design

OCTOBER 26, 2016

Tally was recently featured in the fall issue of BuildingEnergy magazine, a Northeast Sustainable Energy Association publication that aims to distinguish the most effective and valuable sustainable strategies on the market. In the article, titled “Life Cycle Assessment at the Speed of Design,” Tally developer Roderick Bates discusses the relevance of life cycle assessments (LCA) to the AEC industry. In describing the origin of Tally, Bates explains that the need for a Revit-integrated LCA tool surfaced when his research team tried to calculate the embodied energy contained in an off-site fabricated home. He describes the path from proof-of-concept to commercial release, made possible through a partnership with Autodesk and thinkstep, and illustrates how firms can move beyond “rule of thumb” calculations to “real-time assessments at pivotal moments.”

To read the full article from BuildingEnergy, click here.

Experience Tally at GreenBuild

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Join us at Greenbuild 2016 in Los Angeles for learning sessions and live demonstrations of Tally, the first Life Cycle Assessment app fully integrated into Autodesk® Revit® and powered by GaBi data. Come out to learn more about calculating the environmental impacts of building material selections, and to meet the team members behind the award-winning app.

  • Wednesday Oct 5 at 1:15 PM - Roderick Bates, What does it mean? Applying Tally Results to Design Decisions, Thinkstep Booth #2412
  • Thursday Oct 6 at 2:30 PM - Roderick Bates, Achieving LEED Building Life-Cycle Impact Reduction Credits with Tally Software, Autodesk Education Lab Booth #2349
  • Thursday Oct 6 at 4:30 PM - Roderick Bates, You’re doing it wrong! Tips and Tricks for Streamlining LCA, Thinkstep Booth #2412

Attendees to any event will receive a code for a 10% discount on a Tally license.

Register for LCA Webinars

AUGUST 18, 2016

Join us this fall for a webinar series that feature live demonstrations of Tally. Topics range from LCA for designers, to interpreting data, and achieving the LEED v4 Whole Building LCA credit. Attendees earn GBCI continuing education learning units where noted.

Learn More

Tally Honored for Innovation

JULY 13, 2016

Architect magazine announced this month that Tally has won a 2016 R+D Award. It is featured in the magazine's July issue along with fourteen other winning projects deemed exceptional by jurors Mic Patterson, Douglas Stockman, and Elizabeth Whittaker.

“It’s holistic in thinking,” juror Doug Stockman, AIA, said. Juror Elizabeth Whittaker, AIA, remarked, “You can imagine this being absolutely necessary for any kind of building design. Finally: a method of life-cycle assessment that is user-friendly.”

Now in its tenth year, the R+D Awards program celebrates exploration and innovation in architecture.

New Release Offers Full Compliance with LEED v4

JULY 12, 2016

The latest version of Tally, released in July 2016, provides compatibility with Revit 2017 while adding transportation and construction life cycle stages, making it fully compliant with the LEED v4 Whole Building LCA credit. The update extends the tool's breadth by allowing design teams to consider the environmental costs associated with delivering a material to the site while also taking into account the resources, particularly electricity, fuel, and water, consumed during construction.

With this new layer of information, design teams can consider nuanced environmental trade-offs. Will recycled ceiling panels shipped overseas via boat have lower environmental costs than newly-manufactured ceiling panels trucked to the site from a local manufacturer? Which has less of an impact over a building's lifetime: an efficient building envelope that requires an energy-intensive construction process, or a less efficient envelope that consumes little energy during construction? As Tally is used across multiple projects, users can see how environmental impacts and design strategies respond to project-specific factors like project location, material selection, and construction methods.

Taking Tally on the Road

OCTOBER 01, 2014

A series of educational demonstrations and appearances are scheduled up and down the East Coast for Tally. Come out to learn more about calculating the environmental impacts of building material selections, and to meet the team members behind the app.

  • Oct 9 - Roderick Bates, Saratoga Design Conference, AIA New York State, Educational Session: Performing a Life Cycle Assessment at the Speed of Design, Saratoga, NY
  • Oct 14 - Billie Faircloth, Reinvention 2015, Presented by Architect and Residential Architect, Washington, DC
  • Oct 22 - Roderick Bates, Greenbuild 2014, Transforming Markets through Data Collaboration, New Orleans, LA
  • Oct 23 - Roderick Bates and Jonathan Rowe, Greenbuild 2014, Autodesk Education Session, New Orleans, LA
  • Nov 13 - Roderick Bates and Ryan Welch, Design on the Delaware, Education Session: Know Your Impact During Design, Philadelphia, PA
  • Dec 4 - Roderick Bates and Ryan Welch, Autodesk University, Performing a Life Cycle Assessment Within a Revit Model, Las Vegas, NV
  • Dec 5 - Roderick Bates and Julie Janiski, Autodesk University, Flying High with Revit and Tally: Life Cycle Assessment for the Atlanta Falcons Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

New Release Offers Operations vs. Embodied Energy Comparisons

JUNE 24, 2014

The latest version of Tally, released on June 24, 2014, includes a variety of updates to meet the needs of our growing user base:

  • The new release is fully compatible with Revit version 2015.
  • For building projects that have known operations energy, the data can be entered in Tally and the LCA impacts included in whole building assessments output reports, creating exciting opportunities for making comparisons between operations and embodied energy impacts.
  • Structural engineers and other users with specific concrete requirements will find a newly added ability to define custom concrete mixes in Tally, bringing an enhanced level of nuance to the practice of whole building LCA.
  • Within the tool database, steel data has been updated, keeping the LCI database current with the latest available information.
  • Lastly, the methodology for door and window volume takeoffs from Revit has been refined to address issues encountered by some users.

Tally Software for Life Cycle Assessment in Building Design Wins National Award from the American Institute of Architects

APRIL 8, 2014

Annual technology award highlights “best of breed” case studies

KT Innovations, an affiliate of KieranTimberlake, today announced that its newly-released Tally application for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has received a Building Information Modeling (BIM) Award from the American Institute of Architects. The award, given by the Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community of the AIA, highlights best practices in Building Information Modeling, a technology that uses 3D models to design, inform, and communicate about building projects. Now in its tenth year, the program shows the evolution of BIM from a specialized tool to a staple of architectural design that continues to break new ground.

Noted for Process and Technology Innovation Integrating with BIM

This is the first year the BIM Award has included software, making Tally, a joint software development project from KT Innovations, thinkstep, and Autodesk®, the inaugural recipient in the Process and Technology Innovation Integrating with BIM category. The jurors commended Tally as “one of the first applications that truly uses BIM as a life cycle process. It understands the issues we are trying to model in a certain level of detail.”

Tally enables LCA on demand throughout the BIM process—from design through construction— tracking information across eight life cycle impact categories that align with LEED® v4 and other rating systems. It is the first application for Autodesk Revit® that quantifies the environmental impact of building materials. Tally leverages and extends BIM material takeoff capabilities, accelerating a user’s ability to create a realistic bill of materials and gather quick insight into the ecological tradeoffs of different design scenarios.

“Tally is at the leading edge of technology empowering architects to achieve the best possible design,” says Phil Bernstein, Vice President of Strategic Industry Relations at Autodesk. “Getting an immediate understanding of decisions as they are made will change the design process, increase the value of the architect’s contribution to the environment, and result in greatly improved buildings.”

While working in a Revit model, Tally users correlate elements to a custom LCA database built on thinkstep’s GaBi software, the largest environmental dataset for LCA. GaBi is used by leading corporations worldwide for both internal and critically-reviewed published studies. Tally generates a variety of reports that provide an important layer of decision-making information within the same time frame and pace as building designs are developed.

“Building product manufacturers and suppliers are working diligently to document their product-specific impact information. Tally provides manufacturers with a seamless way to put their branded information at the fingertips of the design professional during the design phase when it matters most,” states Heather Gadonniex, director of building and construction for thinkstep.

The eight winning projects, profiled on the AIA TAP BIM Awards website, will be honored during the AIA National Convention in Chicago on June 25.

New Software Application for the Building Industry Promotes Life Cycle-Based Design Decisions

OCTOBER 13, 2013

KT Innovations announced today the release of Tally, a new software application that allows designers to measure the environmental impact of building materials directly in a Revit model. The application provides Life Cycle Assessment on demand, backed by the rigor and credibility of GaBi data from thinkstep, a global leader in life cycle information and sustainability consulting. Autodesk, the maker of Revit modeling software, supported development and testing for the application.

Tally offers a dramatic shift from traditional Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodologies—which are compiled largely by trained practitioners. Typically, conducting LCAs for buildings and construction has been time and labor intensive, and most Life Cycle Assessments are performed after construction is already complete. Tally puts LCA information in the hands of the design team, enabling life cycle-based product decisions at the same pace and within the same working environment as building designs are generated.

“Tally takes a big step in driving Life Cycle Assessment into the design process. It is appealing to designers because they don’t need to make a separate model for analysis, and it creates a streamlined and intuitive interface for designers to interact with their models,” says Frances Yang, a structures and materials sustainability specialist at Arup, who beta-tested Tally in the global firm’s San Francisco office. “As with energy modeling tools, it matters that the person driving the model has access to deciding factors instead of waiting for third-party results. It’s important to close that gap so that iterations can be made faster.”

Life Cycle Assessment is part of a larger framework for reducing the environmental impact of buildings, which includes current standards such as Passive House, Living Building Challenge, and the 2030 Challenge aimed at reducing energy consumption in buildings. As energy codes become more stringent and operations-related environmental impacts drop, the demand for LCA results is mounting. New standards, such as the United States Green Building Council’s LEED v4, reward project teams that utilize whole building LCA via a new materials and resources credit.

Tally is an environmental impact tool created by architects for the architecture industry. KT Innovations developed the application using Autodesk’s Revit API in order to link BIM elements with a custom-designed LCA database. Tally combines material attributes, assembly details, and engineering and architectural specifications with environmental impact data to produce reports designers can use to analyze material selections. With Tally, users can track the environmental impact of materials across a range of categories, such as embodied energy and global warming potential.

Steve Baer, former Chair of the LEED Materials Technical Advisory Group and Principal Consultant and Director of Building and Construction at thinkstep, says, “Integrating life cycle information into the tools of design has been our vision for quite some time. We are pleased to work with KT Innovations to integrate GaBi, the premier database for building materials, with Revit, the leading building information modeling tool.”

KT Innovations conceived the application in 2008 and began refining it in partnership with Autodesk Sustainability Solutions. The beta version was presented to feedback groups in 2012 during Greenbuild in San Francisco and at Autodesk University. In 2013, Tally underwent a nine-week beta testing phase by architecture, engineering, and construction firms including Arup, Snohetta, and Lend Lease.

Emma Stewart, Head of Autodesk Sustainability Solutions, observed, “Our customers seek to provide the highest quality buildings at the most competitive price, and yet until recently, the prospect of quickly gathering insight into the embedded environmental impacts of construction materials and products proved too daunting. Tally unites BIM models with credible life cycle data to make this not only feasible, but a new best practice.”